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PFF Ranks Malcolm Rodriguez In Top-101 Best College Football Players

January 12, 2022

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez is fresh off one of the more dominant defensive performances we’ve seen from an Oklahoma State player in quite sometime.

He not only led the team in tackles, both solo and total, but he led all of Power Five in solo stops, which helped land him as one of the top-101 college football players in the country, according to Pro Football Focus.

PFF ranked Rodriguez No. 78.

“Rodriguez racked up a Power Five-leading 66 defensive stops en route to one of the five highest PFF grades at the position. The Oklahoma State Cowboy joins Nakobe Dean and Devin Lloyd as the only off-ball linebackers in the Power Five to earn a grade above 80.0 against the run and in coverage.”

Nakobe Dean, who just a few days ago helped Georgia win its first national title in more than 40 years, finished the 2021-22 season with just 72 total tackles, 36 of which were solo stops.

As for Rodriguez, he finished the season with 123 total tackles, 72 of which were solo stops, according to the stats provided by Oklahoma State.

PFF ranks Dean the No. 6 overall football player in the country.

Losing both Rodriguez and Devin Harper is going to be a big blow to the defense. There are certainly some talented young guys waiting in the wings, but it’s certainly going to be difficult to replace 219 total tackles, 133 of which were solo stops.

I am, however, quite looking forward to seeing how guys like Mason Cobb, Kamryn Farrar and Lamont Bishop fill those roles going into the 2022 season. The trio combined for just 27 tackles, but it’s difficult to see the field when one of the best linebacker duos in the country plays virtually every snap.


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